DJ CUPCAKE

former jock on ktru.org and
coogradio.com
recording studio manager
for sugarhill studios in houston, tx

music is art. music is science.

austinkleon:

Lee Scratch Perry recording in Black Ark Studios

thenearsightedmonkey:

Dear Students,

Lee Scratch Perry putting layers of music together in the Black Ark Studio.  What’s guiding him?

From Wikipedia:

Perry once buried microphones at the base of a palm tree and thumped it rhythmically to produce a mystifying bass drum effect and his drum booth at the Black Ark was for a time surrounded with chicken wire to further his distinctive sound. Many of his songs are layered with a variety of subtle effects created from broken glass, ghastly sighs and screeches, crying babies, falling rain and cow noises. While it was thought to believe that Perry recorded the “mooing” noises from actual cows, it was actually the baritone voice of Watty Burnett through a tin foil laced cardboard tube that produced the cow-like noises. These and other notable recording techniques helped define the Black Ark sound, as well as Lee Perry’s creative legacy.

Perry was known for his eccentric and superstitious behavior during production sessions. He would often “bless” his recording equipment with mystical invocations, blow ganja smoke onto his tapes while recording, bury unprotected tapes in the soil outside of his studio, and surround himself with burning candles and incense, whose wax and dust remnants were allowed to infest his electronic recording equipment. He would also spray tapes with a variety of fluids, including urine, blood and whisky, ostensibly to enhance their spiritual properties. Later commentators have drawn a direct relationship between the decay of Perry’s facility and the unique sounds he was able to create from his studio equipment.

Perry has described his relationship to the studio thus:

“I see the studio must be like a living thing, a life itself. The machine must be live and intelligent. Then I put my mind into the machine and the machine perform reality. Invisible thought waves - you put them into the machine by sending them through the controls and the knobs or you jack it into the jack panel. The jack panel is the brain itself, so you got to patch up the brain and make the brain a living man, that the brain can take what you sending into it and live.

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"That’s what music does when you’re young, it gives you a voice while you find your own."
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80sjamz:

Popular Girl | From Teen Witch

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nprmusic:

Standing on a balcony in her hometown, watch Ledisi stop an unsuspecting crowd, and all the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter, dead in its tracks.

(via npr)

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guessur:

#gearpornmoment by @sugarhillstudios “Pulling out all the stops. Former #Hammond #organ of Booker T. #livinghistory #hammondb3 #vintageinstruments #music #vintage #recordingstudio #audiolife #thirdward #houston #texas” (at SugarHill Recording Studios)

guessur:

#gearpornmoment by @sugarhillstudios “Pulling out all the stops. Former #Hammond #organ of Booker T. #livinghistory #hammondb3 #vintageinstruments #music #vintage #recordingstudio #audiolife #thirdward #houston #texas” (at SugarHill Recording Studios)

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cardozafineart:

Lucas Gorham perfoming as “The New Mercies”

cardozafineart:

Lucas Gorham perfoming as “The New Mercies”

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Rich White Ladies - Wimbledon

Rich White Ladies - Wimbledon

(Source: convocat, via unsuccessfulmetalbenders)

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